Substack and the Novel

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Substack * The Novel * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn of falsehoods.” Robert A. Heinlein (Thanks to Dan Baldwin) “Common sense is not so common.” Voltaire “Re common sense, what’s common to some is a luxury to others.” Yours truly Substack I’m setting up a substack again to see what I can do with it. As a result, this Journal will be coming to your email inbox again. I hope that’s more convenient for those of you who still … Read more

The Journal: A New Blog on Substack

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * A New Blog on Substack * A Great Series of Emails * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “We professional writers just write. It is what we do. But I would not write as much as I like to write if I didn’t have something, some sort of challenge or deadline or goal that I wanted to hit at the moment. The challenges, the goals, the deadlines are shields against the real world distractions.” Dean Wesley Smith “[T]he secret of writing. Have fun. If it is not fun, don’t do it. … Read more

The Journal: An Inane Quote

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * An Inane Quote * A lot to see * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day (an inanity) “Everything is a decision.” Matthew Salesses in Craft in the Real World (as noted in an article in “Of Interest”) What a stupid, inane quote. The problem is, we’re talking about two different “real worlds” here. Granted, in the real world of timid, frightened, uncertain writers—a world that is admittedly much larger than the world in which I reside—certainly everything from character “development” to setting to scenes and plot points is … Read more